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Taking the leap and starting my journey

Welcome. I'm not sure where to begin other than to introduce the beginning of this journey and give some background about how I got here.

It all started with a word. Vulnerability.

"Vulnerability is about showing up without controlling the outcome." -Brene Brown

Now I don't know about you, but when I hear this word, it always make me cringe. There are certain words that can create a reaction, and this one is THE one for me. I hear it and my thought is "weakness", my body physically curls up, my words say, "yuck, get me out." It might be because I'm a 8 (fellow Enneagramers understand what this means....for those who aren't, more on this to come) but the word "vulnerability" freaks me out. It's just not my cup of tea. This past year has really rocked my world. Long story short, a lot of "life" happened and it caused me to go to places of vulnerability that I had to reckon with. I realized that I hate vulnerability because I'm a control freak. I like to know that I have control over situations, so I lean towards doing things when I know what will happen (so I think) and I run from things I don't. As I began to learn this about myself, it made me take a hard look at my life, both personally and professionally and begin to see the hard truth. Which is this: that I've not put myself out there in fear of being vulnerable, being exposed, and risking of failing or worse yet...hurt. On a professional level, I've had a gut feeling that I've wanted to do my own thing for a long time, but have found myself going back to the comforts of hiding within an organization again and again. So I had a choice. I could either be aware of this, and continue to do life as I've always had. Or I could be aware of this, learn from this, and choose a different path. I chose the latter, and so here we are.

How vulnerability leads to here

Once I decided I was going to make a conscious decision to accept that vulnerability is about being present without knowing the end result, I decided it was time to face my fears and start "showing up" as Brene Brown puts it. To be honest, I am still not sure what my hopes are for this, but I do know what my values are. I know I desire to use my strengths and resources to benefit others. I want freedom to provide quality services and partner with individuals and families living with mental health difficulties that truly meet their needs. I want to provide a platform for those who feel that they have no voice to be able to find it and to then help to create more understanding, empathic communities. I believe in simplicity, and use that to help guide therapeutic healing.

If you are local and want to find out more about therapy, I encourage you to reach out. If you are not in the lowcountry area, then I hope to use blogging and social media as a means to connect and learn more about my work.

What you can expect here

"There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those." -Mother Teresa

My vision (for now) with blogging will center around topics including; therapeutic healing, mental wellness, and a bit about myself. Four main categories will be covered each month. One will be creative therapy ideas for individual sessions. Second topic will be therapy ideas for groups. The third topic will be a discussion topic of a book I'm reading, research that is out there, etc. And the last topic will just be a little about me and my life/interests.

I hope you will join me on this journey and together we will take the leap of vulnerability.

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